At some point in time, we’ve all felt a little uninspired.
Whether it’s in our personal lives or at our place of work, trying to stay motivated can be a tough job even for the most successful people. With that in mind, we’ve picked out 10 of the best motivational quotes from famous faces to engage and inspire you.
Ignore the Dog
When you’re self-employed, your to-do list is part of staying organised. However, as we all know it’s far too easy to get side-tracked, and something always comes up when you actually need to stay focused on the tasks at hand.
Sometimes we can all do with a little inspiration and these well-known female entrepreneurs offer up some seriously good lessons on how they made their businesses work.
1. Tyra Banks
Tyra has been a model for years but since retiring in 2005, she has shown us that it is never too late to try something new. In 2011, she started her degree at Harvard Business School and is fast becoming a successful businesswoman in her own right. The lesson here? It’s never too late to learn something new.
2. J. K Rowling
Rowling is famous for her rags to riches story. She was at rock bottom, a recent single mother on benefits who was struggling to look after her children. In a moment of motivation, she decided it was time for her to start doing what she always wanted - writing. Rowling’s story shows us that no matter how bleak things look, a little bit of drive can propel us further than we ever thought we could go.
3. Kate Moss
Another model turned entrepreneur, Moss now creates on-trend fashion items for Topshop and has 14 different lines to date. Kate Moss proves that with a little bit of dedication and influence, you can turn something you’re good at into a solid career.
4. Jillian Michaels
After finding fame in ‘The Biggest Loser’, the personal trainer turned her attention to entrepreneurialism, creating her own media company. From workout DVDs and equipment to fitness related video games, Jillian shows us how important it is to build a solid foundation in your area of expertise before attempting to branch out.
5. Melinda Emerson
Entrepreneur, author and speaker better known as the @SmallBizLady on Twitter, Melinda Emerson pushes the importance of mentorship for female entrepreneurs. She reminds us just how important it is for new entrepreneurs to have people in their lives that support their business ideas and can offer constructive criticism.
6. Sarah Blakely
The founder of Spanx and one of most wealthy self-made women in business, Sarah proves how one unique solution to a wider problem can completely change the industry you’re in. That one idea could be the next big thing, so don’t give up on it just yet.
7. Barbara Corcoran
This real estate tycoon offers us another rags-to-riches story we can all learn from. She flunked college, getting all Ds, yet went on to create one of the largest real estate firms in NY. Corcoran believes the only difference between successful people and everyone else is ‘how long they spend feeling sorry for themselves’.
So stop worrying about past mistakes and get out there!
8. Arianna Huffington
We all know Arianna as the Editor-in-Chief at the Huffington post and is a self-made entrepreneur. Her nugget of advice is simple, believing that a critical part of being an entrepreneur is ‘understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it's part of success’.
9. Jenny Craig
Jenny Craig has managed to sustain a career in the often unpredictable weight management industry like no other, mostly thanks to her impressive ability to adapt. We can learn a lot just from that but she also believes that her relentless commitment to everything she does is what makes her a great entrepreneur.
10. Sheryl Sandberg
No entrepreneurial list would be complete without Sheryl Sandberg. Not only is she the COO of Facebook, she has made an incredible career for herself teaching women how to lead in business and achieve their goals. She believes that if women follow their goals and get the support needed to do so, eventually there will be ‘no female leaders, only leaders’.
Her lesson? Don’t give up your business dreams for anything and always seek out the help and support you need to make it happen.
Nowadays, most businesses understand the importance of a well-designed layout to encourage visitors to their site. Despite this, many still look past the importance of using a responsive website design. A responsive design creates a smoother, easier user experience on every kind of device and has a number of benefits for businesses too.
Below are five reasons to seriously consider upgrading to a responsive website design right this second.
1. Mobile use is continually on the rise
With mobile use now overtaking traditional laptop or PC use, you might be crazy to think that a responsive website is a waste of time. Every month mobile use continues to grow and unlike other forms of device usage, it shows no signs of slowing down. If your website isn’t equipped to deal with mobile or tablet usage, then you could be isolating a large percentage of your customers.
2. You can improve your SEO ranking
Responsive websites generally perform better in search rankings simply because they only use one URL. When you opt for a separate mobile site, you’ll have to deal with two different URLS. Mobile phones also have different search algorithms to their traditional counterparts and can therefore offer more complex insights into how your customers or potential customers find you.
3. Responsive design improves click through from social media
If you’re trying to enhance click throughs from your social media profiles, then responsive design is a must as most social media consumption takes place on a mobile or tablet device. If you want to guide consumers to your site through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and you don’t have a responsive site, you could be losing potential leads.
4. Responsive design equals less site management
Using a responsive website design ensures that you only have to manage one site, rather than two. This is likely to save you time and money, both now and in the future. More importantly, managing one responsive site can significantly increase your ROI.
5. A responsive design provides a better user experience
Probably the best reason to use a responsive website design is that it provides a far superior browsing experience for your customers. Anyone who has ever tried to visit a site on their phone, when it isn’t compatible with a mobile device, will know how utterly frustrating it can be. If a user can’t access the information they need within the first 10-20 seconds, it’s highly likely they will leave.
So, do you really need a responsive website? If you want to grow your customer base and improve leads then the answer is a big, resounding yes.
It might not seem like it but entrepreneurs can learn a lot about business from watching TV shows. Whether they are reality based or fictional, there’s a lot to be said for series that focus on businesses and start-ups.
With a growing pressure to work excessive hours each day, maintaining a good work-life balance is becoming increasingly difficult for regular business owners. Many entrepreneurs exceed the number of hours deemed safe to work every week, with it having an effect on their mental and physical health.
Sheryl Sandberg, current CEO of Facebook and all round successful businesswoman has certainly made an impact both professionally and personally. Her impressive career has seen her take on a range of high-profile roles at the World Bank, Google and the US Treasury Department.